How to Make Falafel

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Recipe posted by Palouse Brand on October 24, 2016

Falafels have been popularized in the last few years as we fell in love with these little mini size protein busters that have been popping up on menus everywhere. Today it is all about our garbanzo bean recipe and how to make healthy, hearty falafels made of garbanzo beans, garlic, spices, herbs and/or greens.  In fact, coming up with different Falafel recipes is really a lot of fun. Here is one of our very deliciously created Falafel recipes we know you will also love. This Falafel recipe can be vegan and gluten free (with a flour exchange).

Not so many years ago many of us were asking what is a falafel? Well a falafel is a deep fried patty made from garbanzo beans, fava beans or both. We like our falafel to be 100% garbanzo bean. It is a traditional Middle Eastern dish and is often served in a pita.  They are also traditionally served with tzatziki. Now they are becoming more and more popular to make at home, and it is so very easy to do. We substituted the traditional parsley and cilantro in a falafel recipe with swiss chard and we think it was sets this recipe apart. Also we like starting with a hummus base, it gives more flavor to the falafel as opposed to just starting with garbanzo beans.

Falafel’s can be made in the shape of a ball or a disc just prior to frying them.  Over stuff a sandwich or pita with falafel, tzatziki and fresh vegetables such as arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickles.

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Falafel Recipe

prep_time 10 min
total_time 50 min
ingredients_number 10
servings_number 5
  • 15 oz bare hummus
  • 3 medium to large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups stemmed and torn Swiss chard
  • 1.5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. flour soft white wheat or gluten free
  • Grapeseed for cooking or another high smoke point cooking oil
      1. Scoop hummus into food processor and add Swiss chard, onion, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine until smooth.
      2. Once well incorporated transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in flour 1 Tbsp. at a time until the mixture is thick enough to handle – about 3-4 Tbsp.
      3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Shape falafels.
      4. Prepare a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.  Add enough oil to more than cover the bottom of the pan.  You want enough oil for cooking, turning and cooking some more until a golden brown crust forms on the outside of your Falafel.  Remember to turn during cooking so they are evenly done.
      5. Comfortably fit as many Falafels in the pan at a time to cook.
      6. Check at the 1-2 minute mark to ensure they’re not browning too quickly. If they are, slightly reduce heat. Flip once deep golden brown – about 3-4 minutes.
      7. Cook until the underside is golden brown as well.
      8. Serve immediately with hummus and paprika, or inside a pita or sandwich with garlic sauce, hummus, or fresh vegetables.  Imagine it and you will love it!
      9. Falafels will store in the fridge, layered with parchment or wax paper in an airtight container for several days. Freeze if you want them to keep longer.

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        • Ted Shatz says...

          I am quite interested in baking as opposed to frying falafels – to that end, please tell me the appropriate temperature + time.

          On February 10, 2017

        • Palouse Brand says...

          Hi Guys! Thanks for commenting – we had a big typo! We have added the swiss chard to the ingredient list so you can make these delicious falafels! Also yes you could bake them, but we love them fried.

          On October 28, 2016

        • Sherry says...

          Is it possible to bake them rather than fry?

          On October 27, 2016

        • DS says...

          Swiss chard? I see it in the instructions but not the ingredients list. ;)

          On October 27, 2016

        • Erick Larson says...

          The recipe instructions do not match the ingredient list. The recipe page often does not scroll so all one can see is the top photo and a part of the description.

          On October 27, 2016

        • Amber says...

          These look great but I don’t see the swiss chard in the ingredients list. How much do you put in? And do you chop it up first? Steam it? Also, the picture you use looks like maybe there are sesame seeds in them as well?

          On October 26, 2016

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